- Meeting brings together hunger-fighting organizations to share best practices
- Conference is February 9-10 in Austin, hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank
- Sponsored by Texas Capital Bank as part of ongoing commitment to hunger relief
Austin, TX, February 8, 2017 – The 2017 Southwest Regional Food Bank Conference will be held February 9-10 in Austin, with the Central Texas Food Bank serving as host. The conference will bring together staff members from 24 Feeding America hunger relief organizations in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma to explore ways to build network capacity and share best practices in food banking.
The gathering is made possible by the generous underwriting of Texas Capital Bank, the presenting sponsor of the conference. As part of their ongoing commitment to fighting hunger, Texas Capital Bank team members toured the new Food Bank on January 24, 2017, observing its new commercial kitchen in action as donated and salvaged food was repurposed to produce healthy meals for people in need.
“A core part of the bank’s mission is to help communities prosper, and ending hunger should be one of the most basic goals for any community,” said Kerry Hall, President of Texas Capital Bank’s Austin region. “We are very proud to support the Central Texas Food Bank and the great work they do to nourish hungry people so they can focus on the next steps in their lives.”
The Central Texas Food Bank has been recognized for its innovative leadership by Feeding America, the national food bank umbrella organization. In June of last year, the Food Bank moved into a new, purpose-built facility that features a commercial kitchen as well as 2.5 times more dry storage space and seven times more freezer and refrigerator capacity than its previous facility. The increased capacity and capabilities allow it to distribute even more food to the 1 in 6 Central Texans facing hunger.
“Driven by the increasing need and a strong desire to help, food banks continue to devise innovative new ways to get food to those in need,” said Derrick Chubbs, President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “By coming together to share best practices, the Southwest Regional Food Bank Conference allows us all to improve our methods, while being good stewards of our donors’ contributions. We are so grateful that our friends at Texas Capital Bank share our commitment to fighting hunger and have helped make this conference possible with their generous sponsorship.”
The Southwest Regional Food Bank Conference provides an opportunity for staff of food banks and other Feeding America member organizations throughout the Southwest to meet, connect and share information, with the aim of strengthening their collective ability to feed hungry people in the region.
“Our employees believe in supporting organizations that make a big impact on their community, so it made sense for us to partner with the Central Texas Food Bank because of all the good work it does,” said Chris Rios, Assistant Vice President at Texas Capital Bank in Austin. “We want to thank all the Food Bank’s supporters and all the attendees of this conference for being here. We wish everyone the best in sharing ideas and working with each other to ensure that this mission thrives.”
The Southwest Regional Food Bank Conference will take place at the Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive, and at the Airport Hilton, 9515 Hotel Drive, both in Austin.
ABOUT TEXAS CAPITAL BANK
Texas Capital Bank is a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses and entrepreneurs. We are headquartered in Texas working with clients throughout the state and across the country. Texas Capital Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ®: TCBI) and is recognized as a Forbes Best Banks in America and the Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Places To Work company. Visit www.texascapitalbank.com for more information.
ABOUT THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK
The mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of nearly 250 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving nearly 46,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts. For more information on the Food Bank and its programs, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.